Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has poured water over the notion that the Nedbank Cup final against TS Galaxy is a “David vs Goliath” clash.
The Glamour Boys are in Durban for the all-too-crucial encounter against the first-division outfit, which could end a trophy drought that has stretched to over four years.
On arrival at the coastal city, the German was pleased with the energy displayed by his charges.
“It is good to see the players before such a big match so calm but highly focused,” he is quoted on the club’s website.
“It is a final, and there are no two ways about it. The team is aware of the task ahead. We have an obligation to fulfil for the club and its supporters.”
With the gap between the two sides, Chiefs run the risk of underestimating their opponents who, like the Soweto giants, finished midtable in their league.
However, Middendorp has talked up the minnows, who went past Golden Arrows on their way to the last two.
“That can’t be. It’s a cup final between two teams that have qualified to be in it. We have prepared for a tough encounter.”
Throughout the season, Amakhosi have battled with injuries, and are still missing a few key players. However, Middendorp is pleased at the state of the competition for places among his available players.
“We have travelled with the entire squad. They all want to play, and it’s good to go to into match with such an attitude.”